Who I'm Not - YA Review from Michelle M.

Reader: Michelle M.
Age: 15
Title: Who I'm Not
Author: Ted Staunton
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 10/01/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book was amazing. The plot was very descriptive but it kept you hanging, and the character development was very strong. The main character goes from a boy struggling to make money through simple cons, to pretending to be a missing child named "Danny," to an assistant in a police investigation. The story flowed very well and was a very engrossing read, hooking you in from the first pages.
Memorable or Forgettable: The style of the writing is what kept me reading. "Danny" is very mysterious, the only thing revealed to the reader is that he is a foster child who was moved around a lot. But despite the lack of knowledge of the character, you grow attached to him quickly. He is very enigmatic and complex, and the danger of getting caught always hangs over him, which makes the book a thrill.
Cover: I thought the cover was interesting and very eye-catching. It reflected the contents very well; the boy covering his face and putting on a mask.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: It's easy to believe your own lies; after adopting the identity of a missing child, "Danny" finds himself accepted by the family as the child they lost; but really, who is conning who? This situation ends up far more elaborate and mysterious than anyone might have believed, especially when the threat of murder is thrown into the mix.

tags: realistic fiction / contemporary / ya lit

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